Opened on 7 November, Solo Restaurant is one of the freshest, most unique additions to Cape Town’s gargantuan food scene – not least of all because it’s a restaurant and gallery in one. Sharing its space with 99 Loop Gallery (which opened in August 2015, and has upstairs and downstairs exhibit areas), Solo has a cheerfully relaxed, yet chic feel and seems to offer an edge of smart sophistication, coupled with the promise of a fresh and inviting food experience.
Step into the courtyard…
Everything from the exposed-brick interior wall, ornate ceiling pricked with spotlights, blue leather-upholstered mid-century modern-style chairs and red leather menu echo this freshness – but it’s Solo’s courtyard that really sets it apart. Thanks to its wonderful, all-weather glass, this cool space is an option all year-round. On hot days, when the generous sunshine becomes too much, the aircon kicks into gear.
Blow by blow
Solo’s executive chef and manager, Chad Blows, needs little introduction. Already, he has an enviable culinary career under his belt, with successful stints at Greenhouse under Peter Tempelhoff, the restaurants at The Marine in Hermanus, and in London at The Chesterfield and Maze (under Jason Atherton). Though Solo is a slight departure from his fine-dining background, he welcomes it as an exciting challenge.
Chad’s desire to make good flavoured, quality food means that 90% of his bistro-style menu is handmade and prepared fresh each day, while sourced products (such as bread from Loaves on Long) are delivered or fetched bright and early.
Currently, Solo’s primary focus is on breakfasts and lunches, though Chad is hoping to expand to dinner and/or evening functions in time.
The restaurants offers vegan and vegetarian options and special requests are permitted, as chef Chad believes in listening to his customers, catering to their wants (within reason…) or diets (such as the specially requested gluten-free flapjacks he made recently) and taking their feedback into account.
Breakfast options include fresh juices (and other beverages), sweet grains, savoury or eggs. If you stop by for a morning bite (7.30 – 11.30am), be sure to try the deservedly popular field mushrooms on toast (R55) or the eggs benedict (R65) – with its delicious herbed goat’s cheese and tangy tomato chutney additions – and pair either option with the delightful pineapple and mint juice (R25).
In addition to mains, sides and desserts, lunch options include burgers, sandwiches and salads, which are served between 11.30am and 5pm.
Although it doesn’t have a liquor licence yet, Solo’s launch-month special is a complimentary glass of wine (or Bos tea) with any main meal. (Wine options include Tokara Chardonnay 2015, Paul Cluver Pinot Noir 2015, La Motte Sauvignon Blanc 2016 and De Grendel Rosé 2015.
Chad leads his dedicated team with a warm affable presence that permeates the restaurant, making Solo a refreshing and worthy addition to our ever-growing Mother City foodscape.
Opening times Monday – Friday, 7.30am – 5pm
Saturday, 9am – 2.30pm
Contact 021 422 3766, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Solo restaurant, 99 Loop Street, Cape Town